Crook based rappers Bizz and TIGGA are a tag team that we featured a few posts ago when they dropped their RC-50. This is their release, and it's FREE. As if you hadnt feasted on good north-east hip hop before christmas, this is the second helping. A solid lp with some interesting skits thrown in for good measure? You decide *big brother voice*
The Get Slated battle league has been garnering a fair amount of attention online in the last couple of months, and recently they played host to Don't Flop regular PAMFLIT who battled the North-East's own JACK SEXTON. Some great bars are dropped, and both MCs deliver some hilarious lines. If you don't laugh at some point in this battle, i'll give you a tenner.
Well, they say the Internet never forgets, and I guess this is a prime example. I was amazed to stumble upon this album online. Harking back to what some describe as the "golden" age of north-east hiphop, this is Sewafunk - Sammee Dee, Railinz and Baggie. The go-to classic most people will know is "Holidays" but the rest of the album is in a similar vein. Grab this now before it's too late.
Well, this was an absolute pleasure to listen to. I'd never heard of Poetiks, which comprises of Ego Trip, Prospekt and CeeJay before I heard this, but I want to hear more. You can hear an American influence in the music, and one of the MCs drops the occassional americanism, but we'll let them off because of the quality of the overall product. The beats are big and brash, the bars are, on the whole part, tight and well recorded. The hooks are quality, appealing and catchy. Again, the american influence is obvious, however, it never gets cheesy, and each track stands up on it's own as a quality record. A must listen.
Best Track: War Music
Eme Narc comes with his new video. Electronic beats, and visuals that remind me of dance music stalwarts The Shamen and Orbital, Eme raps his bars confidently and his flow emanates a warped style that fits the beat and video well. Check it out.
Hailing from Middlesborough, this singer / rapper comes in with a big room emotive track with nods towards labyrynth and tinie tempah in the style of song structure. Check him out.
One of the best verses i've heard from Stig recently, nice, well paced, some great lines and delivered like the professional he is. Great video. You can grab the track from his bandcamp at: http://stigofthedumpuk.bandcamp.com/track/rappertag-23-free-d-l
A quick note on Rappertag for those that dont know...
The idea for Rapper Tag was originally conceived by Melbourne artist Matt Cowell aka 360. The initial idea was taken from a US Emcee who had coined the similar idea called “Rap Tag Game”. Essentially, Rapper Tag is a online cypher. 1 rapper spits a verse and passes the virtual mic on to the next rapper or tags him in. Similar to how a cypher would work in real life. The Australian Rappertag is 45 videos in now, and still going strong, with the UK quickly catching up.
Check out both games at www.rappertag.tv
Yet more new acts to report on. This time, something a bit different. Plectrum Inc sent us this video and track "Love Monster". It's an acoustic guitar tune with a decent singer which i could easily see being appealing to a wide audience, but with a rapper who, although his bars and timing suit the track, has the oddest accent. Apparently, they're from Sunderland. In their own words:
It was only two hours into the year 2012, when Adam Penman (24) and Lloyd Joyce (21) met at a mutual friends house party. After a few drinks Lloyd was singing and playing guitar, and after a few more Adam found himself rapping over the top. From that moment the lads knew they were onto something good and arranged to work together on a project. This was only meant to be one song, but ended up turning into what is know today as Plecdrum.Inc.
After eight creative hours in Broadwater Studios, Plecdrum.Inc had their first two singles, and immediately wanted more. They began practising religiously every sunday until they had enough material for their debut album. Jangled Nerves was the name they settled on, because of their "Adams" addiction to energy drinks, and is due to be released early 2013.
Aswell as trips to the studio they decided on making a music video for their single 'Love Monster', a song about the demise of a man because of a woman. The video was shot in sunderland, and took two days to shoot. They used friends in the video rather than actors, to say thanks for their support and for bringing Plecdrum.Inc together. The video racked up a thousand views in less than a week and got the lads their first gig, supporting Top Boy Round Here at The Cluny 2, Newcastle.
After the success of their live performance, Plecdrum.Inc are looking to take their music to many events across the North East and beyond, and play as many gigs as possible to increase their fan base and popularity in time for the release of Jangled Nerves.
This pair are bringing something different to the table, and having only worked together for a year, will hopefully grow and potentially deliver some great music. Keep an eye out!
Download the MP3: http://cdbaby.com/cd/plecdruminc
Ok. it's been tried before, there have been numerous collab tracks. this time however, we want to do it RIGHT. We want the BEST rappers, lyricists, MCs in the region to send us 8 BARS of absolute fire for an Instrumental we'll reveal on Monday. We want as many good MCs on one track as a showcase for our region. We don't care if you're a Hip Hop, Garage or Makina MC. We want the BEST. Check out the Member's Area of our forum for details, terms & conditions, and info on how to enter.
Getting right into the Christmas spirit here, Text Offenders drop a heavyweight couple of minutes filled with intricate and clever rhymes. As always. Download and play it to your gran over Christmas dinner. On repeat.
DOWNLOAD HERE: http://www.mediafire.com/?1scooc6l6kumk1z
For those who don’t know, who are Leddie & Smoggy?
We're a Hip Hop duo from Middlesbrough, consisting of me (Leddie) - a female MC and beatmaker and Smoggy, a male MC.
Speakeasy veterans will remember you as part of Northern Lights. Now you're rolling with the People's Army. How did that all come about?
I (Leddie) released a solo track years ago called "This Will Be" and uploaded it to Myspace (It was that long ago...) messaged it to the likes of Logic, Lowkey etc and next thing I knew Logic was inviting me into the movement. 2/3 months later I was asked to support Chester P and Logic and Lowkey in LDN and asked Smog if he'd be my hype man and it all spiralled from there ...And thats how L&S kind of started.
So we hear you've got a new single dropping soon. care to tell us about it? What other stuff can we download or buy and where from?
Yesssssssssssssssss, finally, we have something new dropping after convincing people its coming for a very long time. Its been a long process, but the first single is dropping Jan 8th on iTunes, along with the video - revamping the site to coincide (www.LeddieAndSmoggy.co.uk) You can download anything we have done so far from LeddieAndSmoggy.bandcamp.com, for now ...Not sure how long for though...
Who in Hip hop are you currently listening too and who influences you?
We both listen to a lot of Macklemore lately. I was introduced to his music by a friend and I showed Smog his stuff and he loved it. I have a few influences, but it isnt just their music, its their whole lifestyle. Genesis Elijah influences me a lot, flying round the world doing show's in different countries, making music he loves and paying bills from it. He makes me realise that its doable and people telling us it isnt are lying. Theres a market for everything, the problem is, most people forget the rest of the world and focus locally, then when it doesnt take off quickly, they get disheartened and give up.
What do you think of the North East HipHop scene and who are you rating?
I think it still has a lot of growing to do, but its developing at a nice pace. Off the top of my head, I rate the likes of Chattabox, Brainfeeders, Skrufz, Text Offenders and Jister ...I try not to use the word 'rate' purely because even if i dont like an artists music, it doesnt mean i dont respect them for what theyre doing, it just isnt to my own personal taste. Im looking forward to seeing how the NE looks in a few years time from now.
Whats next for Leddie and Smoggy?
The singles/videos along with the album in a few months time, and see what comes of that ...Were already working on the next project, which has no timescale on it ...We're both just awaiting people's reactions from the effort's weve put into this album. The Mix CD was verses from 5/6 years ago, recorded over random beats and released and did more for us than we had ever expected. The albums more structured and focused.
Where can people catch you live? Any shows coming up?
At the moment, we arent taking bookings for shows as were focusing on the new material. Id like the next show we do to be the launch for the album, and then travel as much as possible with it...
Highlights of 2012? What are you looking forward to for 2013?
This year has been an absolute nightmare for me, ...but, headlining at Middlesbrough Empire and having people sing our tracks, word for word, absolutely mental... Recording the video for the single because it felt like a mini milestone ...Im looking forward to dropping this album and hearing what people think of it because I dont think its what people will expect in comparison to what we have released already. I dont particularly believe in the "2013 is my year" bull, but I definitely think its the beginning, and start of our journey to where we'd like to end up.
Shout out to Alex Bailey and Joe Sensation.
Raj Pannu is one of the most respected DJs in the UK, having toured the world as the audio and audio visual DJ for Coldcut (Ninja Tune) and running his own label, magazine & event company Fresh Hell. Raj was commissioned by Generator & NFM to create a unique DJ and VJ experience featuring classic Old Grey Whistle Test performances for the BBC's digital arts hub The Space. In this creative masterclass he will look at visual turntablism, incorporating picture and video into your live performance and the process behind the Old Grey Whistle Twist. "Raj Pannu has been part of the Coldcut live crew for 3 years and we've done nearly 200 amazing shows together. He is absolutely the best DJ Coldcut have worked with: his sick skills combined with a gobsmacking depth of musical knowledge are unique. Not all DJs can play the RIGHT records and play WITH the records! Raj excels at both. Plus, he rolls perfectly with Audiovisual tricknology too.” Coldcut
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Ok, so the video is awful. However, the track actually isn't that bad. Decent bars, paced out nicely, the two of them flow comfortably on this haunting beat. Good work on the music.
It's Wednesday! And that means only one thing!
It's the Bottomless Crates show! The shows are jammed with content, features, exclusives, interviews, freestyles and competitions. It's the perfect radio show for the North-East. I suggest you start setting aside your Wednesdays.
Every week 8-Late.
Another HUGE show tonight as we welcome SMOOTH JEZZA into the studio! Been a while since his last visit so were definitely looking forward to this one! As ever we have more Crates in ther States with ESKO and some amazing hip hop from the likes of Lunar C, Jay Madden, Inkspillaz, The Skrufz, Ralph Rip Shit, DJ Rasp and LOADS more as well as an amazing guest mix from none other than the legend that is CUTMASTER SWIFT!
As always we have the Sublevel2 crew warming up from 7 with The Crates at 8pm LIVE viahttp://thebottomlesscrates.com/ or through facebook by hitting the Listen Live tab on our fan page: https://www.facebook.com/thebottomlesscrates and now also via top urban station hubhttp://www.truceradio.com/ We cant make it any easier for you! You know its the best hip hop show on earth..
This is exactly what I was talking about. I posted #34 yesterday, and TODAY, the RC camp drops #35. And it's good. The intro tune had me prepared for the worst, but it actually cut to the two rappers, I was greeted with a very tight duo with great flow and plenty of clarity. Double time shit done well. Great stuff.
A mini documentary featuring footage from many of the great acts that performed on Generator's UMT stage this year at Evolution Festival. Every year, Generator gives up and coming acts the chance to perform at Evolution, and this year featured a large percentage of local hip hop acts. Check out the video (it's in 6 parts) produced by Aems for the occasion. Enjoy!
It's been a long time coming. The forums have been dead for a long time since the last overhaul.
This time, i've stripped back the mount of boards to the very basics. I've added image hosting and YouTube embedding options to the forum and made the colour scheme a whole less confusing. I will be tweaking it as we go, i'm currently working on Facebook integration as well as working the forum Events feed into the blog and Twitter so you can post YOUR own events to OUR streams. And i'm told there will be a major upgrade in the forum software in the next three months to a new sleek web 2.0 design. Until then, we've given you a completely clean slate.
We'd love people to get involved again and help make the forum the thriving place it once was many many years ago.
I'll be posting as much content as I can to the forum in the members areas and submissions for the blog should be done through the forum as well so get signed up and start getting involved in the North East's thriving hip hop community.
[TRACK] Sway - Charge Rmx ft Stig of The Dump, Lunar C, Jehst, Rizzle, Shotty Horror & Black the Ripper...
Sway? On a North-east website? Well, yes.
Aside from the fact that this track features our very own Stig of the Dump, and is, quite frankly, a banger, Sway also released a whole mixtape dedicated to our fair city. I wonder how many of you knew that?? It was the first release for Lovedough Records. See if you can seek it out. It's a true peice of Newcastle hiphop history. Anyway, check out this track, it's pretty fucking special.
Boom. Just watched this, well impressed. The beat is excellent and the first verse is a guarenteed winner. Not massively keen on the other two verses, i wanted more from them after the fire of the first verse, but the flows are tight all round. All in all, a quality track. Another one from the RC stable. Showing the amount of quality around at the moment.
Yet MORE free tracks this month. It seems to be raining MP3s at the moment, and with such a deluge of downloads, your brand new smart phones should be full to the brim with hiphop goodness. This 10 track mixtape should feature in there, if only for the braggadocious beats. Unfortunately, the rapping isnt quite up to scratch, there are some good lines, but the flow seems awkward in places, and were I to be mixing an accapella and a beat on two turntables, i keep wanting to nudge the accapella to get it back in time. "G.G." does however have a tone of voice that suits hip hop, especially the style of beats that he seems to be paired with on this release, and i'm looking forward to hearing what the next project will bring.
This epically long video (25mins!!) showcases the current diversity and scope of the scene today. So many new faces, and some real talent shining through. It's amazing when the North-East scene gets together in one big group and hopefully, we'll see much much more of this type of thing.
We've posted this before. However, the top lads down at Killamari have decided to give this away for FREE. Christmas has come early for fans of North-East hip hop. Killamari has quickly grown into the most prominent record label in the Northern scene, and it's roster is nothing short of top quality. Consistently high standard music from some of the best rappers in the North-East circle. If you don't have this already, you NEED to cop this NOW.
We've featured a lot of new faces recently, and the scene is a lot bigger and more diverse than ever before with new rappers appearing quicker than I can type. This is a great thing to see, and so, we've decided to post some classics from time to time which everyone should know.
This track, is a personal favorite with great verses from all, and an unforgettable beat from Petamax. This one that always went down a storm at Dialect shows.
It's sick in the head y'knahhh...
BUY IT HERE:
The RC-50 videos keep coming thick and fast. Hard to believe we're up to number 34 already. I know i've hardly featured many of their videos on the blog, but time has it's boundaries and these RC boys move quicker than I can keep up!
check out the rest of their videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/Redempclothing
One of the highlights of the recent "NO BEEF" battles. this league showing potential already.
A MAMMOTH 18 tracks on this totally FREE album, again coming from The Militantz stable. how have I missed these boys til now??
Some nice multis in this. Check him out.
First up is this from Felix Green ft Dalish. A catchy hook opens this one up...
Next up is a track called "Clique" from Smooth Jezza. Another lovely beat on this one.
Yet more free tracks from the scene this month, with this cracking track from rising star H-Man. Be sure to cop this.
edit: Just found the video! Check it out.
Recently got handed the CD copy of this and was pleasantly suprised. The whole mixtape is a FREE download, so you've no excuse!!
Well, a bit of a buzz has been stirring on teh interwebz about this DUBLE G character. Coming from literally nowhere with two diss tracks. The first caused a little stir as he called out relative newcomer Big Cal, which was swiftly followed up by a second track - "Fuck Rex Regis" - against the more established artist Rex.
Anyway, although clearly not the most eloquent act on the scene up here, Duble seems to be causing a little stir in an otherwise currently harmonious climate. And with the guiding hand of a certain controversial artist who has been pushing Duble's videos hard over Facebook, i'm sure there will be more of these videos to come. Stay tuned kids...
After releasing his free LP with Pro P just a couple of weeks ago, Suus is already releasing new material from a different project. Here's the debut single from his album "Boy Done Good", coming out in 2013, entitled "Back Home"
Buy it now:
Bandcamp - http://cjmusicgroup.bandcamp.com/
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/back-home-single/id578387485
The North-east scene just keeps getting bigger by the day. Stumbled upon this new channel today, which features several rappers i've never heard of. Good to see the scene thriving. Anyway, check out the YouTube Channel and hit "Subscribe". Now.
Suus drops his new LP. FOR FREE. Mainly recognised for his blazing performances in the Don't Flop battle league, this LP showcases Suus' versatility. Get it now!
BONUS FREE TRACK - "GRAVITY"
One fifth of the hiphop crew Dialect and frontman to bristol band Three Kings High, Chattabox has finally released his first solo hiphop release on KIllamari records
13 tracks deep boasting of an array of eclectic styles from soulful dusty loops to wobbly dub-nastiness this album is a calling card from the mc who's strength over the years has shown to be his diversity of melody, lyrics and flow, jamming genres together but always staying grounded in the spirit of Hiphop.
check out the self directed video for the title track
you can read the first review of 'THEY CALL ME...' here:
released 30 September 2012
Yes, that's right, Don't Flop is coming to toon. Not til next year though, so you've got a little while to get excited yet. It's gonna be epic. Any suggestions of artists you'd like to see at other events feel free to get em in. Sign up to the forum and post your thoughts. Cheers.
Oh, and we want to see everyone repping in these...
It's not often we hear any hiphop from Aems, but I hear whisperings of a mixtape and EP in the works. Anyway, he recently uploaded this freestyle over a chopped and looped version of "I Can Transform Ya" by Swizz Beats and Chris Brown. It's already whetting my appetite for more... Check it out!
Found this online... just if any of you are interested...
Newcastle based record label ‘HUSTLE FACTORY’ are recruiting team members who share a passion for working in the entertainment industry.
HUSTLE FACTORY are looking for people of 18+ who want or have experience in the following:
• Production assistants (event organisers, artist development, artist assistants, business development)
• Journalists (freelance or assigned)
• Media specialists (cameramen, editors)
• Sales (commission based)
• Online communication (twitter, facebook, email)
• Genre researcher (blogs, collaboration suggestions)
• Street team
Hustle factory is currently the home to Newcastle based artists Okan and Young Littlez.
Okan is arguably Newcastle’s most famed urban musician having performed at the largest and most commonly known events in the North East as well as building up the strongest social presence of all artists in the city (over 200,000 total video views). Okan also produces for the most respected rappers in London. Check out Okan’s new release ‘Made In My Bedroom’ on hustlefactory.com now.
Young Littlez is quickly becoming Newcastle’s first rap star. Since starring as the lead actor in the Giggs and Example music video ‘Look Over Your Shoulder’ he has been the face of a national retail campaign by Officers Club and is just about to drop his debut single ‘Let Me Know’ which is being played in every club in Newcastle .
If you are interested in any of these fields and want to be part of Hustle Factory email us
Official video for the track Tequila and Peroni taken from the new album FIST OF FURY available to buy from killamari records:
video directed by Nick Light
Featuring a relatively new face, Rex Regis.
The Female vocal on this is unreal...
It’s hip hop, like, but not as we know it.
Excerpt: "....... The Baron takes to the stage looking like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Fred Astaire, while his official website describes him thus: “Born in the early 1800’s, Baron Von Alias began his journey in the North of England. Armed with a family heirloom Von Alias was granted a gift so rare; the powers required for time travel.”
This is not normal. But then neither is hearing a Geordie accent rapping. And on the basis of this, more’s the pity. Original tunes like Superheroes and the excellent Get Wild Gan Mental (a title that couldn’t be more Newcastle if it was stuffing pease pudding into it’s mouth and burning an effigy of Mike Ashley) burst forward at you, lift you up and make you feel unbelievably happy........"Read the full Article HERE
For those who don’t know, who are Animalistix?
Animalitix consists of Mark Fear, unk_artist and Legaz. Fear and Unk rap, and all three produce, although Legaz has produced all of the tracks on Zoocastle. We have been a crew for 5 years or so but have only released one album: Working Class Ethics. We’ve come a long way since then and we hope our new album will go down well. Spuggy Fitz, Smooth Jay and Slinx are our extended family but we rarely work with them these days. Possibly a new album coming with Fitz this year.
The new EP. ‘Zoocastle,” just dropped. IT’S A BANGER!! What other stuff can we download or buy and where from?
Our new album is on hold with a publishing company at the minute, so we have decided to release all the new material on this EP. The EP is available for free on Bandcamp for now and the official album release should be available on iTunes and in shops later this year.
Who in Hip hop are you currently listening too and who influences you?
Currently listening to Rusty Juxx, Action Bronson, Sean Price, Ill Mind, the new Alchemist and OHno shit some of that’s banging.. To be honest we all listen to all genres of music so inspiration is too vast to put here! But for Hip-Hop mainly Redman, Mobb Deep, Biggie, Big Pun, Nas etc…All the shit every Hip-Hop head loves.
What do you think of the Newcastle HipHop scene and who are you rating?
The scene is ok, nothing too special though, it has its plus and minuses. We havnt been involved in much for the past couple of years.
The people we rate the most are Spuggy Fits, Text Offenders, Dialect, and Ken Masters.
Whats next for Animalistix?
Where can people catch you live? Any shows coming up?
We havnt been gigging for a while. We were sick of going to nights and hearing the same tunes all the time and performing without getting paid. So we separated ourselves to sort out lots of new material. We will be getting back into gigging again this year. No specific dates as of yet though.
Highlights of 2011? What are you looking forward to for 2012?
There were none. It was shit. 2012 will mainly consist of pushing shit and gigging. Mebs a UK tour.,See how the new album goes first.
I know, I know, Mystro isnt from the North-East. However, for once, i'm gonna let this one slide as this track is just too fucking crazy. Delivered in the precise, intelligent and effortless style that only Mys can master, this pretty much sums up last year in one delectable chunk of British hiphop. Tasty.
If you've heard the 09 or 010 UK Rap Ups then you should be looking forward to this one for sure. Covering nearly everything in the world of entertainment that was worth mentioning, MysDiggi does it again with production as always from Black Einstein aka Colin Emmanuel...
Look out for the video by A Wasteman Productions coming this week & remember you can download other free tracks & mixtapes @ www.mysdiggi.com ..
Artwork by @djessdee.
Look out 4 'What Type Of Drug Is MYSTROGEN?' the FREE EP dropping b4 the debut LP from MysDiggi titled 'MYSTROGEN' .......
"it's like oxygen except you'll need it a WHOLE lot more"
Happy 2012 Mutha Luvaz!!
And, believe it or not, Mysdiggi even provided the lyrics! (for all you bigger nerds)...
[VIDEO] Baron Von Alias & Mistabreeze - UNITY ft. The Skrufz, Suus, The Click, Conscript, Rex Regis & Absorb
The veterans meet the newbies in this all star line-up. Baron and Breeze get a load of the toon's rappers on one track. Bo!
Born in the cultural melting pot that is Bristol, Three Kings High consists of band members from as North and as South as England goes and they’re influenced by about as many genres as there are cities in-between.
Three Kings High is the outcome.
Rooted in Hip Hop but combining uplifting, soulful, indie melodies with beats as likely to have been inspired by drum ‘n bass as old funk records. Three Kings High deliver an uncompromised portrayal of living and working in England and write songs with a message that will stay on repeat in your head for days.
Live, Vee-Kay produces a 6 piece band fronted by Samuel Otis and Joe Chattabox who sing and rap delivering an energetic stage show that leaves an impact on indie to Hip Hop crowds alike.
Vocals: Joe Eden
Vocals/Guitar: Samuel Otis
Vocals: Amy West
Producer/Engineer/MPC/Keys: Vee Kay
Drums: Luke Wookash
Bass: Rowan Ensoll
Additional Keys: Toby
www.threekingshigh.co.uk www.facebook.com/threekingshigh www.soundcloud.com/threekingshigh www.myspace.com/threekingshigh www.twitter.com/threekingshigh http://www.youtube.com/user/ThreeKingsHigh/videos
You can cop Rick Fury's new album "FIST OF FURY" out VERY soon on CD and MP3 on Killamari Records.
Having had very little Internet access for the last few months, I've fallen slightly behind, and so, with this one post, I aim to catch up with as much stuff as I possibly can...
THE PROJEKT - MASKS
produced by Sermstyle.
Great new track from them! Check out the video below!
SILVAR LAIDLOW - ALWAYS GRINDING
Brainfeeders - Monsters Ft.Kayaz & SuuS (FREE DOWNLOAD!!!) by U Call Me Sir
SAMMY MARACAS & KONGKING - ELIZABETH II
Elizabeth II (KongKing Remix) by sammymaracas
RICK FURY ft THAT LASS - YOU DON'T KNOW ME
SUPANICE - BLACK & WHITE
BARON VON ALIAS & MISTABREEZE ft ELIZA DAWSON - ACTION MAN
Yes, I know it's an epic post, and there is lots more i could have posted, but I'll be catching up properly in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out these videos, Tune into the Bottomless Crates Show, and SUPPORT LOCAL HIPHOP!!!